The Review of Austrian Economics, 18:1, 117–119, 2005. 2005 Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. Manufactured in The Netherlands. Book Review PAUL H. RUBIN (2002) Darwinian Politics: The Evolutionary Origin of Freedom,New Brunswick, NJ, and London: Rutgers University Press. In his book, Paul Rubin argues that the theory of evolution and the evolutionary history of humans are relevant for understanding contemporary political behavior. He claims that the underlying political taste for freedom, which is best fulﬁlled in modern western societies, is a biological heritage from the hunter-gatherer bands of human prehistory. Starting by linking biology and politics, Rubin then analyzes group and social behavior, altruism and cooperation, envy, political power, the role of religion in politics, and individual decision-making, before he summarizes the policy implications of political behavior shaped by human prehistory for contemporary political decision-making. Concerning methodology, Rubin uses the framework of evolutionary psychology in order to provide a reading of political behaviors and preferences common to humans today, regarding them as the result of our biological evolution as humans. Rubin substitutes the concept of the Environment of Evolutionary Adaptedness (EEA), corresponding to the time when humans evolved as species, for the concept of the state of nature,
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